RECENT NEWS

Seven-year soft FM contract won

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has awarded ISS Facility Services Healthcare the contract to deliver non-clinical soft FM services across the Trust, after an extensive tender process. The seven-year contract will deliver services to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospital Lewisham, and the associated community sites. This represents a contract retention for ISS at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and will see some 400 staff transfer to ISS from University Lewisham Hospital.

Wates appoints social enterprise in emissions reduction quest

Construction, property services, and development company, Wates Group, claims to be the first in the sector to have supported the creation of, and appointed, an independent social enterprise – Planet First Energy (PFE) – to help it reduce CO2 emissions and meet long-term sustainability goals.

‘Paradigm shift’ in construction collaboration sought

Polypipe – the manufacturer of ‘sustainable drainage and water management solutions’ – says it is proud to be one of the founding members of the C3 Alliance, a group of manufacturers, contractors, and developers, who aim to boost productivity and value on construction projects through early collaboration.

NHSPS takes the lead on accessibility information for over 200 clinical sites

In what the two organisations dub ‘a key milestone’ in their three-year partnership to date, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and AccessAble – which provides ‘essential, detailed accessibility data’ to disabled people and carers countrywide – say such information is now available for over 200 NHS Property Services sites both on the (NHSPS) website, and via the (Android and iOS-compatible) AccessAble ‘app’, ‘to help people feel confident and empowered when visiting clinical sites’.

ENT and dental clinic with ‘hotel-like feel’ completed at UCLH

Architecture and urban design studio, Pilbrow & Partners, has completed what it dubs a ‘state-of-the-art’ ear, nose, throat, and dental specialist facility at University College London Hospital (UCLH) for the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

MTX success at Building Better Healthcare Awards

Fast-track modular building specialist, MTX, recently won the Building Better Healthcare Award 2019 for Best Modular / Mobile Healthcare Facility for a two-storey orthopaedic operating theatre it has recently delivered to Guy’s Hospital in London.

£15 million Health Centre opens in Barrow-in-Furness

A new £15 million health centre which has seen a GP and primary health care services successfully accommodated in both a refurbished former school and a modern addition opened in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria on 11 November.

Fusion21 announces Energy Efficiency Framework

Procurement organisation and social enterprise, Fusion21, has launched its national Energy Efficiency Framework – worth up to £250 m over four years.

Bariatric bed standard published

The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) has followed the 2017 publication of its standard, FS 058: 2017 Seating - Performance and dimensional requirement for bariatric seating, with a new standard for bariatric beds, FS 060: 2019 Beds – performance and dimensional requirement for bariatric beds.

Specialist winter pressures ward delivered – fast

Modular expert, Portakabin, has built the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow a bespoke surgical ward in four months.

Wall protection ‘future-proofs’ PBT centre

Gradus has supplied and installed a range of bespoke wall protection solutions at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust’s new £125 m Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) Centre in Manchester – providing it with ‘invisible protection to future-proof it against everyday damage for years to come’.

An energy-efficient cooling solution

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has safeguarded the reliability of its critical IT systems with ‘energy-efficient cooling technology’ from Stulz UK.

Steam specialist’s milestone marked

Leading steam solutions provider, Spirax Sarco, is celebrating three decades of course-accreditation from City & Guilds Group.

Carbon Report’s rallying cry for ‘radical construction sector change’

A leading trade body representing builders has called on the construction sector and any future Government, ‘to act now’ if they are to meet the 2050 zero carbon target.

Largest intake yet for ‘unique’ healthcare engineering degrees

Eastwood Park says it has been delighted this year to see the healthcare sector ‘continue to recognise the value’ of its ‘unique’ engineering degrees, with over 50 students joining in 2019 – its latest degree intake yet.

Calculating the air pollution caused by stationary plant

The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) has launched a tool to help healthcare estates and facilities teams measure the impact on air pollution from stationary sources such as gas boilers, electricity generation, and waste incineration plant.

Building on a legacy of quality, design, and technical skill

Well-known architectural practice, P+HS Architects, which has its roots in Yorkshire and the North East, has announced that after 32 years with the firm – the last 10 as MD – Joe Biggs will retire at the end of November, and will be succeeded by co-director, Chris Dennis, with whom he has worked with and known for 40 years.

Additional funding ‘to take drug discovery programme to next level’

Oxford Drug Design Limited (ODD), a biotechnology company with a proprietary computational and machine learning platform, says its recent securing of additional growth capital will enable it to build further on its research into the development of drugs that will address the growing threat posed by anti-microbial resistance.

Polyflor announces P22 Recommended Supplier status

Polyflor, one of the UK’s leading vinyl flooring manufacturers, has been appointed as a recommended supplier to the ProCure22 (P22) Construction Procurement Framework. Administered by the Department of Health & Social Care, the P22 framework was created ‘to provide the NHS with the tools to deliver improved estate performance while lowering construction and maintenance costs’.

BAM to build Scotland’s biggest healthcare centre yet

BAM Construction has been appointed by hub west Scotland to build Scotland’s biggest health centre to date in Parkhead, Glasgow. North East Health Centre, located on the city’s Salamanca Street, will be delivered on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership, and will accommodate 900 staff, bringing together a number of community health services currently located at nine different sites.